President Donald Trump took to the White House podium on Thursday to air a grievance-filled rant insisting he “easily” won the 2020 election even though he trails the Democratic nominee Joe Biden in electoral votes and hundreds of thousands of outstanding ballots have not been processed.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” the president said. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking at them very strongly. But a lot of votes came in late.”
Trump also complained about “phony polls” and “suppression polls” that he said were manipulated by “big media” to hurt Republicans, and repeated a lie that he had an early lead in some states before it “miraculously” got “whittled away in secret.”
“I’ve already decisively won many critical states including massive victories in Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, to name just a few,” he added. “We won these and many other victories despite historic election interference by big media, big money, and big tech.”
There is no evidence of widespread voter or election fraud, and experts say that this year’s election was among the safest and most secure because of the use of paper ballots and voting machines with verifiable paper trails.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper ripped into the president after his speech, telling viewers: “That is the President of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over,” Cooper said.
“But he just hasn’t accepted it and it wants to take everybody down with him — including this country,” he explained.
Cooper: That is the President of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun… pic.twitter.com/0s9x0OqjjH
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 6, 2020